Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. – Ann Landers

Thinking about 2016 and what lies ahead, I can’t help but remind myself of how lucky I am to have found such a strong and wonderful person to love. I know that without my fiancé Jason, the physical gap between my family in Germany and I would be closed as I would most likely be living there. But instead of moving back to Germany after my graduation from the University of Kansas in December of 2014, I chose love and stayed in America. I could not be happier about my decision to experience the deepest love I have yet come across. This year, Jason and I will be manifesting our love by exchanging our vows in a small castle on the Rhein river in Germany, surrounded by our closest family and friends.

And we are not the only ones in my family that decided to tie the knot recently.. In fact, 3 generations of my family (my grandfather in Florida, my father in France and Jason and I in Kansas) are making the same promise within just an 8 month period of each other, and I could not be more thrilled to share the same sentiment with them..!

But moreover, I know I am so blessed to have Jason’s family close when my family can’t always be.. at least with their bodies. My mother was just visiting for a whole month for Christmas and New Years (part of the reason why I took a little break from blogging), which was incredibly generous of her. I would love to have my family closer.

But I know that when Jason proposed marriage to me just over a year ago, I said yes to a life with him and without much of my family. Having his family close gives me relief and comfort and let’s me know that I do have family here also. Loving someone deeply can be difficult, as a lot of times it means shifting focus and reposition one’s previous lifestyle and priorities. Love can be painful just as much as it’s beautiful. The father who gives his daughter away to be with her love. What a sentimental and beautiful picture of love and trust.

When I think of love, I think of everything that I am without love and it makes me incredibly sad. The difference is joy, selflessness, happiness, contentedness, excitement, safety. The ultimate and riskiest kind of love is the one where one gifts a person a piece of her while receiving a piece back from that person, exchanging and molding into one. Knowing that I can give someone a gift of love and make that person’s life more fulfilled and vice versa must be the best feeling there is.

Prost everyone! For 2016, I wish you much happiness, joy, love, health, wisdom, prosperity (Someone has to have the winning lottery ticket!), and please look forward to a year of delicious food, travel, weddings, fitness, home improvement and much love and more. If you have any suggestions of what you would like to see, please comment below! 🙂

Keep loving one another as tomorrow may never come…

Sophie <3

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